Cricket in India


Indian Premier League (IPL) is the major Twenty20 cricket league in India. Its held every year in May and attracts billions of cricket fans.  The league features domestic cricket players from Indian as well as international cricket players. Established in 2008 by BCCI, IPL has emerged one of the best cricket tournaments in the world. Its conduct in the months of Mar-Apr-may where eight teams representing various cities of India compete with each other to win the finals. It’s the first sporting event that broadcasted its matches live on YouTube in 2010.

In the beginning, there was the ICL

IPL traces its strands back to the formation of the Indian Cricket League in 2007. Initially, ICL was considered a rebel element in the cricketing world by BCCI. Neither BCCI nor ICC recognized the league. BCCI became worried about the players joining the ICL, so it increased its prize money in the tournaments and also went a step ahead to impose a lifetime ban on the players joining ICL. Sponsored by Zee Entertainment Enterprises, ICL made a decent debut in the sporting world. Wide enough to come in the eyes of BCCI.

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BCCI launched IPL on 13 Sep 2007. BCCI’s Vice president Lalit Modi spelled out the format of the tournament including the prize money and its whole structure. IPL may have seemed a knee-jerk reaction to ICL but according to Modi they had been working on the league for more than two years. The IPL was to be governed by the seven-man governing council. These included former Indian Players and BCCI officials.


When the league was formed, it had to go through regulations and ownerships. In order to decide the new owner, auctions were held and the winners declared. The competing cities were also decided I.e Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mohali, and Mumbai. The franchises were sold for $723.59 million. This marked the birth of IPL in a new form.

Many of the teams were added and various withdraw due to inabilities and differences with the BCCI. Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala joined the game in 2010 but the latter was terminated due to breach and violation of the BCCI policies in 2011. 2009 Champions Deccan Chargers were terminated in Sept 2012 because they couldn’t find new owners. Deccan was replaced by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Pune warriors withdrew over the financial differences and Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two seasons for match-fixing.

Indian Rupee:

Until 2014, the contracts were denominated in U.S dollars but it changed to Indian Rupee in 2014. The term is of one year but can be extended further. The IPL salary is the second-highest in the world (US$4.33 million). The 2019 prize money of IPL was US$7.0 million). Half of the prize money is to be distributed among the players.


IPL is the most popular sports league in the world. The enthusiasm that it produces in India is the same that nurtures all around the world. BCCI is one of the richest Cricket Boards in the world and it regulates the IPL. The cricket league not just produces world-class cricket but prepares and provides new players to international cricket.

Cricket is not just a sport in India but a religion in its own sense. The game unites and travels through the hearts of every community. A country with a billion people provides a huge audience not just to the matches of the Indian Cricket team but the sport of cricket combined. The contribution of Indian cricket is widely acclaimed by the world. From world cups to breaking records, the team has never disappointed cricket fans around the world. Surprisingly, Cricket is the most popular game in the country but its national sport is hockey which receives less attention.


The history of cricket in India dates back to colonial times. In 1864, a match was held between Calcutta and Madras. This began a new era of Cricket in the country and set the foundation stone of the development of the game. The match doesn’t find any mention in the cricketing history and very few references can be found. Given that the game was in its infancy, it’s completely understandable that this wasn’t properly recorded.


India’s first match at the Lords was received well. The king’s presence and a crowd of 20,000 gave the event its due share. This followed the independence of India from the British Raj and allowed for the creation of a national tea. Post-1947, the New-India had no appetite for the ethnic teams. The Ranji Trophy was created as a national championship.

First victory:

Over the years, the Indian cricket team has achieved many feats and is considered one of the best teams in the world. The team made its first mark when it beat England in a Test Match in 1952 in Madras. This made the team popular and boosted their morale. Early years of its independence were marked with political turmoil’s and the team suffered from funding but that didn’t deter the team from gaining its rightful place.

International feat:

The cricket in India grew gradually and by the time it won its first world cup, the fervor that surrounded the sport had reached an overwhelming emotion. India recorded its first World Cup in 1983 under the captainship of Kapil Dev and in 1971 they won their first-ever test series against England.

Women team:

India’s women team has no dearth of talent. It was introduced to the international cricket in 1978 but made its test debut in 1976.

World cups:

India has two cricket world cups in their basket. They have finished runner ups at the 2003 world cup and semi-finalists four times. It recorded its first cup in 1983 and second in 2011 under the leadership of Mahindra Singh Dhoni.


The Indian cricket team will be preparing to win the 2023 world cup on the home turf. The team has already a number of trophies in its account.  1983 Cricket World Cup, the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2011 Cricket World Cup, the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, and 2002 ICC Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka speaks about how much water Indian national Cricket team hold in the international cricket field.



Cricket has grown in India gradually. Over the last three decades, the game has revolutionized in matters of promotion and public outreach. The contribution of the Indian Cricketers to the International Gaming Arena cannot be overlooked especially the fact that India has provided one of the best cricketers to the game. Inside India, the game is much popular than any country where the game is played in each one of its states or towns. In other words, cricket becomes a religion in India.

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